Top 10 News in Brief: The 2021/2022 Ksh3.6 Trillion Budget Puzzle

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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 10th June 2021.

The 2021/2022 Ksh.3.6 Trillion Budget Puzzle

As Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani prepares to present the 2021/2022 Ksh3.6 trillion budget this afternoon, the main concern is where the government will get money to fund the huge deficit.

For the budget to be actualised, President Uhuru Kenyatta administration has to borrow at least Ksh930 billions and increase tax volumes. To collect more revenues from Kenyans, the government can only expand the economy that is already struggling from Covid-19 shocks, raise taxes or nab tax cheats.

In is a tough balance for Yatani who has to ensure that the government gets money for development and payment of debts to prevent Kenya from entering into the pariah list of defaulting nations.

Currently, the country’s debt stands at 7.3 trillion, but the Treasury is rallying Parliament to amend the law to allow it fetch for more loans.

The Big Four Miss

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda will get Ksh135 billion allocation in the 2021/2022 fiscal year, but economist analysts are worried that the Head of State’s dream of cementing his legacy through manufacturing, universal health coverage, food security and affordable housing may not be achieved.

The President has only 15 months left in his final term, but apart from laying the foundation of legacy, nothing much has happened.

In his affordable housing plan for instance, the President had promised to build at least 500,000 houses by 2022, a target likely to be missed. By now now, the government has made only 1,700 houses.

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Impeach Uhuru, Maraga Tells Parliament

Former Chief Justice David Maraga has said Parliament “sleeping on its job” for failing to start the process of impeaching President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Speaking during an interview with Ktn News, Maraga said the Head of State has “violated the constitution enough” and now should be sent packing.

The former head of the Judiciary said four of the six judges who the President failed to appoint recently were punished for making rulings against the Executive and shooting down the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

Explain Why You Failed to Appoint Some Judges, Court Tells Uhuru

The High Court in Nairobi has directed President Uhuru Kenyatta to explain through a formal response why he refused to appoint six of the 40 judges who had been forwarded to him by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

The petitioner, Katiba Institute, requested the three-panel bench to compel the Head of State to approve appointment of the six judicial officers.

The lobby group argued that the President was victimising the judges for exercising their powers and failing to play ball with the Executive arm of the government.

Uhuru Torches Illegal Firearms

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday set on fire 5,144 illicit small arms and light weapons at the Regional Police Traffic Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County.

A majority of the illegal firearms were voluntarily surrendered by the public who heeded Government amnesty offers, and through the diligence of Kenya’s security agencies.

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Senate Demand Demands Answers on Deal to Lease Mumias

The Senate has asked Mumias Sugar Company receiver manager to reveal details of a agreement in which a private investor has been allowed to lease the firm for 50 years.

Raising concerns over the deal, the lawmakers demanded Ramana Rao to disclose to local leaders if the interests of all stakeholders, particularly the farmers, are well captured.

Rao was also questioned why he failed to advertise the leasing, with senators saying transparency is key in the process.

Counties Spent So Much on Travels Despite Covid-19 Restrictions

A report by the Controller of Budget has revealed that the 47 counties spent a whooping Ksh7.63 billion on local and foreign travels in the 2020/2021 financial year.

This is despite the fact that most countries across the world were under lockdowns and strict rules following the outbreak of Covid-19.

While the amount was lower as compared to the previous financial year, the Controller of Budget noted that some devolved units doubled their travel expenses.

PE is a Must, Magoha Tells Schools

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has directed the quality assurance and standards to move around all the schools and establish whether they have playgrounds for children to do their physical education (PE) studies.

The CS said learning institutions without space for students to exercise should be deregistered.

Magoha also asked schools whose land has been grabbed to start the process of reclaiming it.

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UK Firm Was Paid More by Kemsa, Committee Told

Members of National Assembly Public Investment Committee were shocked to learn that the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) paid a foreign company Ksh10 million more to deliver personal protective equipment (PPE).

Deekay Relief, a UK firm, won a tender Ksh170 million, but the authority paid worth Ksh180 million. The payment was done in haste.

The committee chairperson Abdulswamad Nassir, who is also the Mvita MP, questioned the wisdom behind the quick excess payment and why many Kenyan companies that had pre-qualified for the tender were ignored.

Covid-19 Restrictions to Affect Business in Kenya-Uganda Border

Traders who operate between the Kenya-Uganda border in Busia and Malaba are headed for a paralysis after the government of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni imposed travel restrictions to minimise the spread of Covid-19.

Kenyan businesspeople get goods such as bananas, maize, beans, eggs and maize from Uganda while citizens of the neighbouring country cross the border to buy basic items.

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Robert Mwangi

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